Tell lawmakers to call an education session!
It's time to restore the rule of law and balance of powers in Louisiana!
Evidence is mounting across Louisiana that the so-called “reforms” steamrolled through the legislature by Gov. Bobby Jindal last spring are extremely harmful to public education and to the teachers and school employees who dedicate their lives to our children.
The sham “school choice” bill
School boards are learning that Act 2, the “choice” bill, is costing them millions of dollars that should be spent improving classroom instruction for our children. Instead, the money is being diverted to unaccountable private and religious schools with questionable curricula, and to largely unaccountable for-profit “course providers.”
The immorality of the “talent” bill
A major state newspaper says that Act 1, Gov. Jindal’s teacher evaluation scheme “is not only unprofessional, it borders on immoral.”
This punitive and unfair program is labeling excellent teachers as “ineffective.” It threatens their professional reputations, their salaries, and their very livelihoods.
Enough is enough. It’s time for lawmakers to act.
Right now, legislators are considering a special session to discuss the governor’s cuts to health care. Unfortunately, education is not part of the call for a special session.
A new call should go out for a special session dedicated to education. Before any more damage is done, lawmakers need to act. The legislature should assert itself and restore our state’s constitutional balance of powers. Governor Jindal manhandled lawmakers last spring; now they have a chance to restore their dignity and the rule of law in Louisiana.
Please send a message to your senator and representative, asking them to call themselves into special session specifically to repeal and replace Act 1 and Act 2. Public education, and our children’s future, hangs in the balance.